Show of Medieval Ivories at Munich Museum

Ivory works of art separated for centuries have been reunited in a new show at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich, Germany. Objects that originally stood together but found their way to separate collections are on display side by side until December 2010.

Most of the more than one hundred items on display have a religious purpose -- either Muslim or Christian -- demonstrating the "extraordinary status attributed to ivory" during the Middle Ages. Artists from the Ottonian (Saxon) dynasty, France and Italy are featured. Some of the southern European works were influenced by Arabian art.